Entrance to the Enkouji Temple (圓光寺). Enkoji (圓光寺, Enkōji) is a temple of the Rinzai Zen Sect, situated in northern Kyoto close to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. It is famous for its autumn colors which are usually best in late November. Enkoji was founded in 1601 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Enkoji’s principal object of worship is a statue of the thousand-armed Kannon Bodhisattva. Photography by Jeffrey Friedl. Source: http://regex.info/blog/2013-03-10/2224
Nagoya Castle - one of the most important castle towns in Japan, and a major link between Edo/Tokyo and further south. To this day, it is the main city in the Chubu (central) region - just like the Midlands in the UK and Mid West in the USA, it is the heartland of the automotive industry.
Reason number Nikko. One of Japan's major attractions, its key World Heritage Site temples and shrines are an awesome display of wealth and power by the Tokugawa shogunate. Yes, more temples and shrines - cannot wait!
Enkoji (圓光寺, Enkōji) is a temple of the Rinzai Zen Sect, situated in northern Kyoto close to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa. It is famous for its autumn colors which are usually best in late November. Enkoji was founded in 1601 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the shogun who brought about the Edo Period (1603-1867)
Etchu zunari kabuto, hotoke nimai dou gusoku, owned by Ii Naomasa (1561-1602), one of the four guardian warlords of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Momoyama period, 16th century. The units Naomasa commanded on the battlefield were notable for being outfitted almost completely in blood-red armour for psychological impact, as such, his unit became known as the "Red Devils". Gift of the Ii family. Hikone Castle.